Established as a cultural, educational and economic development service of Morehead State University, the Kentucky Folk Art Center acquired its present home in July 1997 following the $1.2 million renovation of a former grocery warehouse. It was the first arts organization to locate in Morehead’s First Street Arts District.
Started as the University’s folk art collection in 1985, the operation was housed in two on-campus locations before moving downtown to its new, permanent home.
The main floor of the historic building includes the Lovena and William Richardson Gallery, a rotating installation of 115 objects from KFAC’s 900-piece collection of folk art; the Museum Store, a retail outlet for folk art and educational materials; and the 50-seat Jimmie Ruth Auditorium for group activities. The second floor houses the Garland and Minnie Adkins Gallery, a showcase for a variety of cultural events; the Edgar Tolson Folk Art Library; a conference room and staff offices; and modern archival and storage space for the permanent collection.
A seven-minute video presentation, narrated by the late Rosemary Clooney, tells visitors that “a world of wonder awaits” inside this museum of contemporary folk art. Group tours are welcome.
Admission is $3 for those 12 and older. Senior citizens and members of touring groups pay $2. KFAC members and school groups are admitted free of charge.
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Nearby is the KFAC-managed Cora Wilson Stewart Moonlight Schoolhouse, a century-old one-room school used in pioneering adult education in Rowan County, Kentucky and the U. S. The restored facility is available for group tours by calling 606.783.2204.